Internship | Disentangling deep and shallow causes of subsidence with Data Assimilation and Artificial Intelligence

Subsidence in The Netherlands originates from various sources, including groundwater management (shallow cause) and gas production (deep cause). We wish to quantify the contributions of both sources in an area where knowledge about them is important.



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

The project starts with data: surface movement data and subsurface property data. Both sources of data include encrypted information about (i) the ground water management and (ii) the gas production. The grail is to disentangle the part of subsidence due to the ground water management and the part of subsidence due to the gas production. Two approaches are used: (1) a physics-based approach coupled with a data assimilation scheme, (2) an artificial intelligence workflow. A comparison of the two methods will teach us the pros and cons of the two methods, and hopefully lead to hints on how to improve either of the two methods.

The project within which the assignment takes place is a collaboration between the TNO departments Applied Geosciences, Geomodelling, and Data Science. Cooperation between the different departments is one of the keys for success.

What do we require of you?

We are looking for an enthusiastic student with background in earth sciences, with affinity with physics models and mathematics, and experience in programming. Experience with data handling is beneficial.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. 

The main location where the student will be working will be in the Applied Geoscience department. This is a busy department with many projects across the department borders and projects from outside TNO in many application areas, like geothermal energy, CO2 storage, gas production risks, etc.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; an internship gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your internship and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable internship compensation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Peter Fokker
Phone number: +31 (0)6-528 03539

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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Dr. Peter Fokker

  • geomechanics
  • reservoir engineering
  • data assimilation
  • subsidence
  • induced seismicity

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